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The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower

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For your viewing pleasure…

…and to tie you over until the next posts.

…and to tie you over until the next posts.

…coming soon;)

…coming soon;)

A few weeks ago (OK, I admit, a lot of weeks ago) I was invited to attend a wine and cheese soiree with fellow expat bloggers in Paris at O Chateau, a wine tasting bar that caters specifically to English-speaking tourists.
In addition to meeting fellow bloggers in Paris, the aim of the night was to test out a recently launched concept in France, a cheese delivery service Les Nouveaux Fromagers.
The concept is simple and novel. And to be honest, I was surprised to learn it hasn’t been done before. 
This is particularly good as a gift for the person who has everything — and who loves cheese.
For about 20 euros, you get an assortment of four cheeses, the ‘creme de la creme’ so to speak, of products made from artisanal cheesemakers.
(Unfortunately, the service is only available in France for now).

While we noshed on goat cheese and Tomme with fig and olive preserves, I got to know a few like-minded expat who, like me, are besotted with the city and share their experiences on their blogs.
For a one-stop shopping forum for Parisian bloggers, check out Native Native, an initiative that groups expat blogger community and highlights interesting blog posts.

A few weeks ago (OK, I admit, a lot of weeks ago) I was invited to attend a wine and cheese soiree with fellow expat bloggers in Paris at O Chateau, a wine tasting bar that caters specifically to English-speaking tourists.

In addition to meeting fellow bloggers in Paris, the aim of the night was to test out a recently launched concept in France, a cheese delivery service Les Nouveaux Fromagers.

The concept is simple and novel. And to be honest, I was surprised to learn it hasn’t been done before. 

This is particularly good as a gift for the person who has everything — and who loves cheese.

For about 20 euros, you get an assortment of four cheeses, the ‘creme de la creme’ so to speak, of products made from artisanal cheesemakers.

(Unfortunately, the service is only available in France for now).

While we noshed on goat cheese and Tomme with fig and olive preserves, I got to know a few like-minded expat who, like me, are besotted with the city and share their experiences on their blogs.

For a one-stop shopping forum for Parisian bloggers, check out Native Native, an initiative that groups expat blogger community and highlights interesting blog posts.

Sometimes, a detour from your normal route home can reap such rewards.
Tonight, as I was walking absentmindedly home from work under a relentless Paris rain, my eyes wandered to this sign. 
Folks, the world famous Cronut, has come to Paris.
The hybrid pastry that’s spawned imitation knockoffs the world over and at its height created a Cronut black market, has been recreated in pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s home town.
Need more background on the food frenzy that is the Cronut? I wrote about it last year and you can brush up here.

Sometimes, a detour from your normal route home can reap such rewards.

Tonight, as I was walking absentmindedly home from work under a relentless Paris rain, my eyes wandered to this sign. 

Folks, the world famous Cronut, has come to Paris.

The hybrid pastry that’s spawned imitation knockoffs the world over and at its height created a Cronut black market, has been recreated in pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s home town.

Need more background on the food frenzy that is the Cronut? I wrote about it last year and you can brush up here.

Paris is known for being a bit of a late adopter in, well, a lot of trends. 
While the Cronut’s popularity has ebbed a little, one bakery in Paris has decided to try their hand at the hybrid pastry that’s part donut, part croissant, and launched their “French donuts” last month.

Paris is known for being a bit of a late adopter in, well, a lot of trends. 

While the Cronut’s popularity has ebbed a little, one bakery in Paris has decided to try their hand at the hybrid pastry that’s part donut, part croissant, and launched their “French donuts” last month.

Though I have nothing to compare it to (my Cronut sample from Ansel must have gotten lost in the mail) Tania and Thierry’s facsimile is a rich, buttery, but light and flaky pastry that’s not too sweet and enjoyably chewy.
Want to know where to find them?
Here’s my good deed of the day:
219 rue Faubourg St. Martin
Tania & Thierry bakery
You are welcome.

Though I have nothing to compare it to (my Cronut sample from Ansel must have gotten lost in the mail) Tania and Thierry’s facsimile is a rich, buttery, but light and flaky pastry that’s not too sweet and enjoyably chewy.

Want to know where to find them?

Here’s my good deed of the day:

219 rue Faubourg St. Martin

Tania & Thierry bakery

You are welcome.

It was dusk in Paris.
The sun was a golden orb of fire, that set the city aglow.
It sank slowly into the horizon, taking its time.
Meanwhile, thousands of phones rang in unison across the city, as participants received the text message they’d all been waiting for: this year’s location of their al fresco picnic dinner.
Last year, to fete the 25th anniversary, thousands of people dined under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and in the courtyard of the Louvre.
This year, it would be the bridges of Paris.
Here’s my photo essay of Diner en Blanc, my fourth in Paris.
For more on the phenomenon, you can read about it here, here and here (all stories my own).

It was dusk in Paris.

The sun was a golden orb of fire, that set the city aglow.

It sank slowly into the horizon, taking its time.

Meanwhile, thousands of phones rang in unison across the city, as participants received the text message they’d all been waiting for: this year’s location of their al fresco picnic dinner.

Last year, to fete the 25th anniversary, thousands of people dined under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and in the courtyard of the Louvre.

This year, it would be the bridges of Paris.

Here’s my photo essay of Diner en Blanc, my fourth in Paris.

For more on the phenomenon, you can read about it here, here and here (all stories my own).

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